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|1. USDA School Snack Guide – Smart Snack List for Parents, Teachers and School Foodservice Directors School snacks must conform to the USDA guidelines, which include calorie limits, sugar caps, and nutrient requirements. This popular post received many comments because we made lists of healthy snacks that you can make from scratch or buy ready made. The free snack handout was downloaded thousands of times.|
|2. New Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Guidelines The American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and other professional societies developed and announced new cardiovascular disease clinical practice guidelines for lifestyle, risk assessment, cholesterol, and obesity. We made a handy risk assessment infographic.|
|3. 15 Things You Can Do with a Box of Clementines Did you know that clementines are a variety of mandarin orange? They’re rather tiny, quite easy to peel, and even the segments come apart smoothly. When these tasty winter fruits are in season, they are a great deal when purchased by the box. You can usually get around 25-30 of these little fruits for anywhere between $3.99 to $7.99 per box. That’s about .25 cents each, which is less than the price of a candy bar! One challenge is to use them quickly so our chef found 15 easy, delicious ways to use them.
|4. Seven Remarkable Summer Fruit Desserts Summer is here, which means that many kinds of fruit are at the very peak of their season. So how can you best celebrate the joys of summer fruit? Check out these simple and healthy fruit desserts. They’re cold, refreshing, and totally delicious. The pictures tell the whole story.|
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|6. Holiday Vegetable Wreaths Here is an easy way to display salads, vegetables, and fruits as holiday wreaths. They make colorful and healthful centerpieces that will grace any holiday table. You can take them to parties, too. There is a free handout included.|
|7. Hot News: “Gluten-Free” Now Standardized on Food Labels Well, it’s official. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalized the definition of the term “gluten-free” and is regulating its use on food labels. No longer can manufacturers simply slap that label on their foods without following proper guidelines first.|
|8. Make a Healthful Holiday Plate! Here's all of my favorite holiday recipes, all ready to build a balanced plate for Thanksgiving. The plate photo shows a healthy holiday plate, too.|
|9. Easter Rabbit Salad Here is our latest creation, a fruit salad shaped like a rabbit.
|10. Free Handout: Set Achievable Goals Beware of asking too much of yourself right away. This can be unsustainable, and in some cases, extremely unhealthy. Check out a few examples of unrealistic goals below, and make sure that these aren’t on YOUR list…|
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